TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #91
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 1 - 5; July 1789 - July 1904
County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. III
Aug 1842 - Aug 1870
In the name of God Amen. I William Bell of the County of Sumner and State of Tennessee, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last will and testament. In manner following viz:
I give my soul to God who gave it and my body to Christian Burial in belief of a resurrection at the last day. And with regard to the worldly goods that I have been blessed with in this life, I give and bequeath as follows to wit:
First. It is my will and desire that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid out of personal estate by my Executors herein after named.
Secondly. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah Bell my tract of land and plantation on which I live with all its hereditaments and appurtenance thereto
belonging or in any wise appertaining, at her own disposal after my death and to be used and disposed of by her, at her pleasure & by her to be given or sold or in any other manner she may wish from any restraint whatsoever. I likewise give and bequeath unto my said wife my negro boy Jim together with all my stock of horses, cattle, hogs & sheep that I have or may be in possession of at my decease. Also all my household & kitchen furniture including all my books, also I give and bequeath unto my said wife all my farming utensils of every description together with all my money on hand and all debts coming to me, either in notes or book accounts. In short all the property both real and personal of what kind or description shown, to her my said wife absolutely to be by her dispose of and used in any manner she may think proper, reserving out a sufficiency from her use & control to pay my just debts and funeral expenses as aforesaid.
And lastly I nominate and appoint my two sons Robert Bell and John Bell Executors to this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others by me therefore made. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my name and seal this thirteenth day of March AD 1838. William (his mark) Bell (Seal)
Signed, sealed, and acknowledged by the Testator in our presence to which we subscribe our names as witnesses at his own request the date above stated.
Wm. M. Blackmore
J. W. Baldridge
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court April Term 1849.
The last Will and Testament of William Bell dec'd, was this day produced in open Court for probate and was duly proved by the oaths of Josiah W. Baldridge and Wm. M. Blackmore subscribing witnesses thereto which is ordered by the Court to be recorded.
Copy Test. Wm. S. Munday, Clerk